Surfalorus to make waves in a new way with 2020 film festival

Surfalorus returns but the way you watch the movies will be different this year due to the pandemic

  Double your social distancing at the gym, doctor recommends

  Added screen time can spell trouble at bedtime

  Pravda and KGB reinvented as cafes in order to reopen

  Event that raises money for prostate cancer patients goes virtual this year

  Wilmington’s ‘Rise Together’ initiative to address issues of racial inequality

  Author features Wilmington’s gems in new novel

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  Job outlook improves in Cape Fear region, according to NCWorks

  Say cheese: ‘Our State’ features North Carolina cheese

  Virtual version of annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival underway

  Depression, anxiety on the rise in North Carolina during pandemic

  Red Cross shares advice for preparing for Hurricane Isaias

  UNCW creates committee to address campus diversity and inclusion

  Hi-Wire Brewing to bring suds back to Wilmington’s Soda Pop District

A popular brewery based in Asheville will expand to Wilmington in the fall

  Audience grows for documentary about 1898 massacre ‘Wilmington on Fire’

A documentary about Wilmington’s 1898 massacre, when an armed mob of white supremacists overthrew the government, killed black citizens and burned black-owned businesses, can now be seen on Amazon Prime Video

  Find North Carolina’s best waterfalls and swimming holes in this month’s ‘Our State’

The magazine also celebrates blueberries and features Burgaw’s Shaken Creek Farms, which grows various kinds of blueberries on its 80 acres in Pender County.

  Dozens of donors answer the call to give blood in Wilmington

The blood drive was a partnership between WECT News, the Red Cross and held at Custom Home Furniture Galleries in Wilmington.

  Topsail Island makes the cover of this month’s ‘Our State’

  More art coming to Wilmington International Airport

  Wilmington woman injured in CA demonstration plans to continue protesting

  Wilson Center to offer drive-in concerts this week

  Judge releases WPD footage in missing women’s car crash, additional video under review

  First at Four recipe: Chef Gwen Gulliksen from CFCC shares recipe for double chocolate chip cookies

  Screen time up in response to pandemic so find beneficial uses

Experts say make sure your children are utilizing screen time in beneficial ways for learning, school and socializing while their screen time is up

  UNCW launches new eSports program

“All the parents who said you shouldn’t spend so much time playing video games, those kids are making money now!” said the program’s coordinator.

  Don’t be a PPE litterbug

Citizens urged to properly discard of masks and gloves

  Cool way to show appreciation: ‘Heroes Work Here’ ice sculpture delivered to hospital

Michael Kowalski, also known as Ice Man Ski, thanked healthcare heroes with a pretty "cool" gesture.

  Role on Netflix’s ‘Outer Banks’ is full circle moment for actor with ties to Wilmington

Actor Cullen Moss talks about his role in the hit Netflix show 'Outer Banks'

  Paying for college during a pandemic

Because of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, parents and their children may find themselves in a different financial situation than where they were when they filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  Swahili Coast reopens with a new mask initiative

Swahili Coast will donate a mask to those in the hard-hit country of Tanzania for every face mask it sells.

  ‘Our State’ highlights some of NC’s best hiking spots in the May issue of the magazine

May’s edition of "Our State" will make readers want to get outside

  Bird watching grows in popularity as people connect with nature while in quarantine

Many are finding comfort and peace in bird watching during this uncertain time

  Spending more time online during pandemic? Be sure to practice good eye health

With more of us working from home or learning online in the wake of the pandemic, it's important to protect your eyes from strain.

  Attorney General pushes for reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act

Attorney General Josh Stein joined two dozen other state attorneys general in pushing for the U.S. Senate to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, which expired more than a year ago.

  Cape Fear Talent survey to help prepare workers for jobs of tomorrow

The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Cape Fear Collective and RTI International are on a mission to survey 500 businesses in the Cape Fear to determine the industries that will see the highest growth rates and to find out what skills are needed to help regional employers grow and prosper.

UPDATE: 12-year-old delivers 368 lbs. of donations to food bank

Harper Sellers, 12, dropped off 368 lbs. of food and toiletries to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, after organizing a donation drive in her neighborhood

  Charlotte news anchor authors second book on life and motherhood

Portions of the book are based along the North Carolina coast

  Wilmington bank processes thousands of PPP loans, allowing businesses and non-profits to stay afloat

Live Oak Bank processed 600 loans in the Wilmington community. Daniels Tours LLC received one of those loans which has helped him keep employees on the payroll.

  After watching a news story about the need at food banks, sixth grader organizes food donation drive

Harper Sellers, 12, organized a food drive in her neighborhood to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

Couple shows off new baby from hospital window as family and friends gather in the parking lot

Will and Amy Edwards welcomed their first child into the world at NHRMC; their family got their first glimpse at little Liam from the parking lot

  Visit the North Carolina Zoo without leaving home

The North Carolina Zoo is offering several programs so people can still visit the animals...just virtually.

  Entrepreneur shares story in hopes of inspiring others

"Where you are at is not where you have to be," he said. "No matter what you’ve seen, no matter what’s going on around you, you can change your life. It’s not going to be easy. It's going to be tough but if you really want it, go get it."

  Community celebrates Korean War veteran’s 90th birthday while social distancing

"He is loved by many and wished another year of health and happiness by all!" said Tammie Melson.

  Advice for those looking for work during coronavirus pandemic

Some employers are hiring and NCWorks has tools to help you find a job during the pandemic or to help you prepare to find one after the economy normalizes

Housebound and HYPE: Wilmington DJ creates popular mix during stay-at-home order

DJ Edie Senter used her creative energy to spin a mix that is perfect for your home quarantine: Housebound and HYPE.

  Columbus County Schools Superintendent talks online learning, potential return to the classroom next month

Students in Columbus County continue to learn online, with 86% of students in the rural North Carolina county able to connect to the internet from home.

  Managing stress is especially important for those who are vulnerable to Covid-19 complications

Dr. Lucinda DeMarco, Chief Medical Officer for UnitedHealthcare of North Carolina, said managing stress is especially important for those who have an underlying medical condition that makes them more vulnerable to COVID-19. "Stress will lower your immunity," she explained.

  Get away without leaving your home with new podcast, Away Message, from ‘Our State’

'Our State' takes listeners of its Away Message podcast on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

Singing for Their Supper: raising money to feed your neighbors

“Singing for their Supper” will air across more than half of the Gray TV markets, including WECT on Saturday, April 18, beginning at 7 p.m.

  Need something to binge watch? Netflix show ‘Outer Banks’ premieres today

Escape the world we’re living in by going on a Goonies-inspired treasure hunt along the Carolina coastline

  Designer creates modern-Rosie the Riveter image to honor healthcare heroes

Designer and illustrator, Alex Tsatsos, created a modern-day Rosie the Riveter to honor today's heroes, the healthcare workers. The design will go to support MasksNow.org, a group that tries to reserve medical-grade masks for first responders by producing masks for the public to wear.

  Expert on cleaning, as seen on A&E’s ‘Hoarders,’ shares tips to keep you and your home free of Covid-19 virus

An expert cleaner shared tips to help you better protect your family from Covid-19.

  For the first time in their lives, some find themselves turning to a food bank

“There are a lot of new people in the lines at food pantries and taking away hot meals that have never experienced food insecurity before,” said Beth Gaglione, the branch director of the Food Bank of Central Eastern North Carolina at Wilmington.

  Middle school teacher from Columbus County wins award for Best Modern Country Song

A singer from Whiteville received recognition from the World Songwriting Awards, an international music competition which celebrates and recognizes independent musicians

  Woman with ties to Carolina Beach appears in upcoming episode of ‘Naked and Afraid’

A woman with ties to Carolina Beach appears on The Discovery Channel’s 'Naked and Afraid' this weekend, competing in her late friend's honor

  ‘Our State’ is packed with features this month to help you getaway (without leaving your house)

The March edition of 'Our State' will take readers to North Carolina’s middle mountains; it also features several spots in Southeastern North Carolina

  Young thespians to star in classic movie turned stage musical, Xanadu Junior

The show is inspired by the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical and the Universal Pictures cult classic movie that starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly

UPDATE: Pineapple-Shaped Lamps updated its ‘Puffs’ performance times due to coronavirus concerns

The Pineapple-Shaped Lamps show opened March 12 but will only run one weekend due to coronavirus concerns

  Advice for educators on how to prepare for the possibility school is canceled due to coronavirus

Although there are no cases of the coronavirus in Southeastern North Carolina at this time, parents and educators should prepare for the possibility that schools will be canceled once we do see a case, according to an expert in the education field

  Fill up Empty Bowls at annual fundraiser that supports those who struggle with food insecurity

The event marks its 20th year in Wilmington on March 20, 2020. The fundraiser serves up lunch to hundreds of people to raise money for the Good Shepherd Soup Kitchen and Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard.

  Financial expert urges calm after Dow’s worst day since the financial crisis of 2008

“Don’t panic,” Chris Dean, a certified financial planner, said. “Investing is a crock pot, not a microwave. So, you need to look at your allocation and not necessarily what the market is doing.”

  NC inventor: Hush Buddy device helps toddlers get the sleep they need

A dad from North Carolina invented a device to help parents get their toddlers to fall asleep and stay asleep

  Just desserts for those with a sweet tooth

The Wilmington Spring Dessert Market is Sunday, March 8 from 12-4 p.m. at Waterline Brewing

  Get ready for a bloody good time with ’Lizzie: The Musical’

Nearly 130 years after an infamous crime, a rock musical retells the story of a grizzly double murder and the woman who became the prime suspect

  Wilmington teen wins Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship

A Wilmington teen took first place on a Food Network Show Monday night!

  Power of the Purse comes in clutch to raise money for Wilmington Health Access for Teens

Power of the Purse raises money for Wilmington Health Access for Teens, a group that makes sure that children, teens and young adults have access to comprehensive primary medical care, mental health and prevention services

  ‘This Country’ TV pilot to begin filming in Wilmington

According to reports, Seann William Scott will star in the new FOX show.

  Miss America Talent Winner makes her Thalian Hall debut in Opera House Theatre Company’s ‘The Sound of Music’

“We have a cast of some of the finest singers I have ever worked with in my career!” said the show's director, Ray Kennedy.

  Works from female filmmakers showcased at upcoming festival

Films from female directors will be screened at a festival that celebrates stories made from a woman’s perspective

  Marchtoberfest to bring a taste of Germany to Wilmington

Marchtoberfest, a German-themed beer festival, will bring hundreds out to enjoy live music, German food, festival games and craft beer

  Get ideas for your garden during greenhouse tours this weekend

The Hobby Greenhouse Club will hold its 30th Anniversary Greenhouse Tour on Sat., Feb. 29

  Woman Crush Wednesday: Wimbledon winner, WWI nurse and other fabulous females celebrated at upcoming event

The Cape Fear Museum will host its Exploring Women’s History event on Sun., March 1 from 2 to 4 p.m.

  Wilmington actor returns to ‘Ozark’ for third season of popular Netflix show

Wilmington actor returns to 'Ozark' for third season of popular Netflix show

  Wilmington business owner utilizes expertise in engineering in his role on NC Coastal Resources Commission

The commission determines and adopts rules that govern development in North Carolina’s 20 coastal counties

  Documentary on LGBTQ woman disemboweled 30 years ago to premiere in February

A documentary on the brutal murder of Talana Kreeger will premiere February 22

  Comic D.C. Benny, who is ‘Adrift In Predicaments,’ brings his comedy to Wilmington this weekend

D.C. Benny's style of telling autobiographical stories, inhabited by original characters, has delighted audiences over his more than 30 years as a performer

  Come to the Cabaret, a night of Broadway favorites, to benefit Thalian Association Youth Theatre and She ROCKS

An evening that salutes Broadway will benefit Thalian Association Youth Theatre and She ROCKS

  Art is accessible and affordable at Art for All 10

Art for All 10 is Sat., Feb. 22 and Sun., Feb. 23 at Brooklyn Arts Center.

  Event for pet owners coming to Coastline Conference Center

The 13th annual Monty's Home Pet Expo is this Sunday

Cooler weather this weekend for 16th Annual Polar Plunge

Hundreds of brave souls will dive into the water this weekend for the 16th Annual Polar Plunge, which benefits the Special Olympics New Hanover County

  Learn about food that fuels your body and the economy at the Local Food Conference

Feast Down East will host its 10th annual Local Food Conference, which brings together community members and farmers, with the focus of supporting the local food system in Southeastern North Carolina